Schor administration taking steps to combat climate change 

Sustainability manager to help reduce Lansing’s carbon footprint  


WEDNESDAY, April 22 — The city of Lansing is launching plans to reduce its carbon footprint after promoting an employee to the newly created position of sustainability manager. 

Mayor Andy Schor announced today that Lori Welch, environmental specialist for Capital Area Recycling and Trash, has been promoted to sustainability manager. The goal is review and help implement existing sustainability plans and grow environmentally focused strategies. 

“Welch will ensure that our climate action plan, energy efficiency plan for buildings and other sustainability plans are properly implemented and adjusted as needed,” Schor announced. 

Welch has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and has worked with the city of Lansing for over 20 years, most recently in an award-winning waste management program and by spearheading both Lansing’s first commercial and public recycling programs in the city. 

“I want to really make a difference — that’s been my focus throughout my entire career,” Welch added. “I’m passionate about the tasks I will be handling and I look forward to engaging all city departments, community leaders, citizens and other stakeholders to propel climate change and sustainability to the forefront. I’m excited to develop a comprehensive strategy.” 

Welch’s salary has not yet been set, but it will be up to $78,000 annually. She will help to oversee initiatives that create both a cost savings for the city, develop strategic partnerships in the community and coordinate various volunteer activities. 

Schor announced plans for the position at this year’s State of the City address. Lansing commissioned a general climate action plan and energy efficiency review. Welch has been tasked with helping to turn those existing plans into action, Schor explained. 

Last year, Schor announced early steps to combat climate change with plans to power every city-owned building with renewable energy. The City Council, however, pulled the plug on that proposal and shifted the proposed investment elsewhere to other city functions. 

Officials said Welch is preparing for her new role with the city but will not formally start in her new job until after the city’s hiring freeze has ended, likely sometime in mid-May.  


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